After School Programs: Boy Scouts! Girl Scouts! The Good News Club! And now…The After School Satan Club!

Does your school have a Good News Club that meets after school?  If so, you may be given the opportunity to also host The After School Satan Club.  According to the FAQs on its website, the After School Satan Clubs “incorporate games, projects, and thinking exercises that help children understand how we know what we know about our world and our universe.”

The Satanic Temple, which operates the clubs, is very upfront about its purpose:  “Please keep in mind that The Satanic Temple is not interested in operating After School Satan Clubs in school districts that are not already hosting the Good News Club. However, the Satanic Temple ultimately intends to have After School Satan Clubs operating in every school district where the Good News Club is represented.”

As of August 8, 2016, TST’s website lists only nine schools where they have a club. None are in Texas. The group claims to be in one school in each of the following locations:  Atlanta, Los Angeles, Pensacola, Portland (Oregon), Seattle, Springfield (Missouri), Tucson, Washington D.C., and Salt Lake City (Salt Lake City???).

Of course all of this is about equal access and the avoidance of viewpoint discrimination.  The After School Satan Clubs are targeting the Good News Club, and yet, they are relying on the legal victory of the Good News Clubs in Good News Club v. Milford Central School. That’s the case where the U.S. Supreme Court held that a school’s policy regarding community use of facilities may create a “limited public forum.” If that be the case, then the district cannot discriminate on the basis of the religious viewpoint of the organization.

Good luck explaining this to the pastor of First Baptist.


File this one under: RELIGION

Tomorrow: 38 kids miss the prom. Lawsuit!!